Ukrainian troops near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, May 2023 (Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty)

I joined BBC West Midlands on Monday morning to review and analyze a major Ukrainian assault in the east of the country, the possible start of a long-awaited counter-offensive to liberate territory from Russian invaders.

Listen to Discussion from 16:15

I separate the facts on the ground from the propaganda and lies of the Russian Defense Ministry. I set the latest position in the context of Vladimir Putin’s failed invasion since February 2022. And I look ahead to the possible developments this spring and summer.